Your neighbors and your community may already be taking big steps to help reduce water pollution. Farmers, townships and cities, businesses, and homeowners are using practices on their land to help protect our waterways. Many of these practices may look unfamiliar and go unnoticed. Recognizing what to look for is a first step to appreciating the good work being done for water all around you.
In this guide, you will discover some of the most popular practices being used in urban, suburban, and rural areas. By noticing and appreciating the progress being made, we can all be part of protecting our local water.
Using This Guide
This guide includes some of the most popular best management practices for water quality. Pictures of each practice from different perspectives and in different settings will help you narrow it down. But every site is unique and what you find in your community may look different from what you see here.
The Roadside Guide to Clean Water includes information on:
- Cover Crops
- Grassed Waterways
- Manure Storage and Application
- Native Meadows
- Porous and Permeable Paving Materials
- Proper Pet Waste Disposal
- Rain Gardens
- Riparian Buffers
- Sediment Barriers
- Stormwater Basins
- Streambank and Floodplain Restoration
- Urban and Suburban Trees
- Vegetated Swales